THE STAKES OF THE MATCH BENFICA FENERBAHÇE
Both teams want to take advantage in this first meeting. No benefit in terms of motivation
STATE OF FORM
2nd in the standings in Portugal last season, behind Porto, Benfica has still not taken the championship (resumed Friday, August 10). Authors of an average preparation (3 wins – 2 draws – 2 setbacks), Jonas’ partners remain besides on a defeat conceded against OL last Wednesday (2-3). Just before, they still had a nice draw against Juventus (1-1).
Like his opponent of the day, Fenerbahçe finished 2nd in his championship in 2017/2018 (ahead of Galatasaray) and will also come out of his truce next weekend. In terms of their friendly games campaign, the Turks have a record of 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in 6 games played. For their final duel before the shock against Benfica, Mathieu Valbuena’s teammates overthrew the Italians in Cagliari last week (2-1). Light advantage Fenerbahçe on the form
THE STAFF FOR BENFICA FENERBAHÇE
Benfica has moved a lot during this summer mercato, with the arrivals of Castillo (Pumas), Conti (Colon), Vlachodimos (Panathinaikos), Semedo (Moreirense) or Ferreyra (Shakhtar). Side starts, we can mention those Joao Carvalho (Nottingham Forest), Horta (Los Angeles FC), Eliseu (free) or Raul Jimenez (Wolverhampton). The last two defensive rookies Lema and Ebuehi are not in the group, as are the top scorer of the last two seasons (striker Jonas), nugget Krovinovic and goalkeeper Varela.
On the contrary, Fenerbahçe has made few changes in its workforce. André Ayew (Swansea) is the only size reinforcement to report for now. Note that forwards Fernandao (Al-Wahdal) and Janssen (Tottenham loan return) left the club. New coach, Philip Cocu will be deprived of OM’s former Ghanaian striker, but also holders of Souza and Chehechouche, or substitute defender Koybasi. No advantage on paper
BENFICA v FENERBAHÇE BETTING TIPS
Driven by a whole stadium, Benfica can win in this first match against a team of Fenerbahçe traditionally less brilliant outside. Victory of Benfica